Townships of Head, Clara and Maria

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After Pembroke and Rapides-Des-Joachims, we followed the Trans-Canada Highway, looking for places to explore on that rainy week-end. As soon as I saw a sign saying “Head, Clara and Maria”, I wanted to check out the place. What a funny name!

Head, Clara and Maria is a township in Eastern Ontario, in the County of Renfrew on the Ottawa River. The townships stretch along 60 kilometers of Highway 17. All the activities are located nearby the road, the rest is mostly wilderness. Population is only a bit under 300 people, with a density of… 0.3/km2. That’s Canada for ya!

We spotted a railway in Stonecliffe. If I understood the local history right, it is part of the Brockville — Ottawa railway, later know as the Canada Central and then the Canadian Pacific Railway, the transcontinental railway scheme.

I love disused places and railroad tracks, so I couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures.

You can see the whole Ontario Travels set here.



Feng, Thinking


Private Property (Okay, Got The Message!)

Railroad Tracks

Ready To Jump...


Holding Hands


About Author

French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. The real question is: who is Head? Clara and Maria are real names, but then how does Head get into the mix? Is it also someone’s name, or perhaps a reference to what they do to trespassers up there, like those antlers? Haha.

  2. Ah, the often present but seldom photographed Mr. Feng. I love sharing your travels with you. Travel writing is your calling you know.

    The little town I grew up in had three railroads that ran through it. The sound of trains rumbling through was like the sound of the ocean. After awhile you didn’t notice it.

    Happy traveling.

  3. hahaha poor feng. don’t you feel sorry for him
    taking him everywhere
    when he could be at home eating sandwiches
    and watching hockey games?
    no wonder he sits looking at the water
    miles from nowhere, surrounded by ferns
    listening to the soft click click click
    of your camera
    another slap shot photograph hitting the net.

  4. p.s. i love the picture of you on the train tracks.
    you look like you are *really* enjoying yourself.
    but but but… how did you get a moose or
    polar bear to take your photograph???

  5. @Linguist-in-Waiting – It was the first time this season I wore lng sleeve and yes, it was a bit chilly!

    @Soleil – I tried to found out but didn’t learn anything about the name! I know, it’s driving my crazy 🙂

    @Sidney – It was fun 🙂

    @Yogi – Really? Why, is that the magic of crossing a continent by train?

    @Nigel – Yes, I know she is a railway lover too.

    @London Caller – 😆 They should!

    @Tulsa Gentleman – I rarely see any trains around Ottawa, but I grew up nearby the main train station in Nantes and you are right, after a while you don’t even pay attention anymore.

    @Seraphine – I got a polar bear to come and set the timer so that we could be both on the picture. And Feng tagged along because hockey season hasn’t started yet, of course 😆

    @shionge – We set the timer and put the camera on the ground 😉

    @khengsiong – You guessed it right, fellow photographer!

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